Saturday, November 12, 2005

Post finally concedes the point

In making my rounds of the sphere this morning, I note a post over on Power Line that's especially fascinating. One of my "hometown" papers, the Washington Post, isn't known for its balanced reporting where conservative or Republican officals are concerned. So imagine my surprise to hear none other than Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus make this admission in print:

::::::::The administration's overarching point is true: Intelligence agencies overwhelmingly believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and very few members of Congress from either party were skeptical about this belief before the war began in 2003. Indeed, top lawmakers in both parties were emphatic and certain in their public statements.::::::::

One might ask Kennedy and Kerry how one is "manipulating" intelligence when the intel agencies were all saying exactly what one is claiming they said. Answer: you aren't. Another question would be to Milbank and Pincus regarding why the Post is just now getting around to making this concession, considering that none of the facts in the matter have changed.

The point to the Post story is not, of course, flattering to the administration and the above admission is more of a "Yeah, but..." moment for the Post. I would counter their points myself, but Paul Mirengoff at Power Line has already done so, well and proper. Go have a read if you're interested.